Chiropractic rehabilitation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: end-of-growth and skeletal maturity results

  • Mark W. Morningstar | Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center, Grand Blanc, MI, United States.
  • Brian Dovorany Posture & Spine Care Center, Green Bay, WI, United States.
  • Clayton J. Stitzel Lancaster Spinal Health Center, Lititz, PA, United States.
  • Aatif Siddiqui Esprit Wellness, New York, NY, United States.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the radiographic outcomes obtained in a sample of patients treated with a chiropractic scoliosis-specific exercise program for patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Patients were treated and subsequently followed through skeletal maturity, and their results were reported in accordance with the SOSORT Consensus Guidelines. A total of 60 patient charts were consecutively selected when they met inclusion criteria. Cobb angle measurements and Risser staging were collected on all images. Using SOSORT criteria, 51.7% of patients achieved curve correction and 38.3% achieved stabilization. In the curve correction group, average total correction was 12.75°. A small number of sampled patients’ curves progressed, with a 13% failure rate based upon patients who dropped out before skeletal maturity combined with those who had progressed at skeletal maturity. Future studies are needed to corroborate these observations.


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Chiropractic, rehabilitation, scoliosis, spine.
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Morningstar, M. W., Dovorany, B., Stitzel, C. J., & Siddiqui, A. (2017). Chiropractic rehabilitation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: end-of-growth and skeletal maturity results. Clinics and Practice, 7(1).